Good Morning Monday! Weekly update and Yanni’s paperback cover :)

Hello again! This is only going to be a super short one today. I’ve had another busy week (I seriously can’t remember when they weren’t). So a quick rundown of what I got through this week:

  • Some (not all) proofing edits on Yanni’s Story
  • Released some (not all) ARCs of Yanni’s Story
  • Wrote 11K words. My WIP is now at 19K 🙂
  • Finalised some artwork for the new Thomas Elkin Series covers (which are amazing, by the way – and I’ll share them soon.)
  • Started to proof the audio of Red Dirt Heart 3
  • and probably a bunch of stuff I can’t remember…

This week coming up, I only have three days at home. We leave on Thursday and get back on Monday (not going anywhere exciting, unfortunately) but I still have a weeks’ work to do (cry me a river, I know LOL). Anywhoooo, my list looks a lot like this:

  • Finish proofing the audio of RDH3 – and it’s soooo good. Joel slays it!
  • Finish sending all ARCs to review blogs
  • Write more words on my WIP – I’d love to be up to 25K before I leave.
  • Finalise the proofing edits for Yanni.
  • Format the final file of Yanni for ebook and paperback.

I think that’s enough for three days… 😉

And speaking of the paperback of Yanni’s Story, I have the wrap cover to show off!  In keeping with the Spencer Cohen theme, I made up a mock cover and sent it to Sara York, who did a superbly fabulous job in making it perfect!

Isn’t it gorgeous?? I just love it! I can’t wait to hold one in my hands!

As I’ll be away next weekend and Monday, I highly doubt there’ll be a usual Monday morning post. But as Yanni’s Story is just 8 days away, I’ll definitely be posting between now and then. I’ll try and find some excerpts to share 🙂

Until then…  ❤

 

Good Morning Monday! Another busy week and a cover reveal…

Well, rarely does a week go by when I’m not busy, but damn… I’m beginning to think I need a new word for busy!

Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned a story I was going to put on my website in small chapters posted daily?  Well, I’ve been playing with that manuscript and really just think the best way to post it would to just upload the whole bloody thing in one go. The story is a “drabble” which is told in 100 word chapters, and for me to post each one individually at the same time every day would just be a whopping pain in the butt. Well, not the posting of the chapters, but rather how the reader would read it when WordPress will update each chapter on it’s own separate page, and last chapter first – it’s just a mess for me to post, and a nightmare for a reader to read/follow. So I do believe just posting it in one go is best.

There were originally two parts to this story, and combining them into one makes it approx. 21,000 words. I have a cover for it now (which is gorgeous, btw) but I still have more fixing to do, then editing of course. So it’s a little while away yet, and while I still haven’t exactly figured out how I’ll release it, it’s definitely happening 🙂

I’ve also been going over an old story I’ve had on my laptop forever. It started its life as a fanfic but I’ve re-written most of it, changed it, fixed it. It was a helluva mess (a sure sign that my abilities as a writer has improved, I hope!) It was also written in third person omni POV, which is weird. I don’t know why I wrote it like that all those years ago LOL. But to change this story to third person alternating POV wouldn’t work (not without basically scrapping it and starting again – which I’d rather not do) BUT it’s also a male/female story! *gasp/shock/horror* so my loyalist m/m readers who don’t delve into m/f anymore might want to give it a miss. It’s a 30K romance/action kind of story.

I sent it off to some beta/critique readers to see if it works, or to see if I should just scrap it altogether. I’ll be sure to keep you posted.


THE WEIGHT OF IT ALL:

For any readers who prefer not to buy from Amazon, The Weight of It All is now out of KU and is now available at the following stores:

Smashwords
B&N
iBooks soon – they’re being very slow…


IN OTHER NEWS:

Production of Red Dirt Heart 3 in audio is underway, with the audio of Cronin’s Key II due out on the first of August! Spencer Cohen 2 (Italian translation) is out on July 28.


COVER REVEAL:

As promised, I have the cover to Yanni’s Story to share with you! You may have seen it shown at LoveBytes Review blog over the weekend, but in case you haven’t, here is what I had to say:

“Yanni’s Story is a 120K word story that took me by surprise. I always knew Yanni, from the Spencer Cohen Series, would get his own story. In case you can’t place him, in Book 2 of the Spencer Cohen Series, Yanni’s the poor guy that Spencer is hired to track down only to find out the ex-boyfriend was abusive, and poor Yanni is terrified. Spencer and Andrew take Yanni to Andrew’s parents’ house and toward the end of Book 3 of the Spencer Series, we learn that Yanni is much happier. Well, this is why it’s called Yanni’s Story – because it’s exactly what it is.

Now, about the cover…  Matching covers to a completed series is never easy. Especially when the series has the MC on the cover! The Spencer Cohen Series covers are very distinct, to say the least. And adding a new cover for a character that wasn’t Spencer was never going to be easy.

I needed something that was similar, that would look part of the series, but keep Yanni’s identity. Spencer’s covers, with the leaves and the primary colours, are totally Spencer. And after searching and searching, I found the right picture for Yanni and made up a mock cover of my idea. With some help from Sara York, who takes my mock covers and makes them better, we have the perfect addition to the Spencer Cohen series.

BLURB:

When Yanni Tomaras is kicked out of his family home, his parents’ final words are religious insults and an order to never return. Homeless and desperate, he’s lured in by Lance, charming on the outside, an evil predator underneath, who abuses him until he finds the courage to leave.

After years of being trapped, Yanni should feel free, but by the time Spencer Cohen finds him, he’s resigned to being handed back to Lance, and once again being caged by fear.

Starting school and a part-time job, Yanni starts to reclaim his life. But a love for silent films leads him to Peter Hannikov, a man twice his age with a kind heart, and an unlikely friendship between them blooms into so much more. Neither man knows what he wants, at first. Finding out exactly what he needs is Yanni’s story.

“I’d spent years as a bird, caged with my wings clipped, tormented and beaten.

I thought I’d escaped when I’d left my abuser, but in hindsight I could see that I was still caged, this time by fear and self-doubt.

Spencer and Andrew, and Andrew’s parents, opened the door to the cage that confined me.

But it was Peter who taught me how to fly.”

Until next week… ❤

Good Morning Monday! Point of No Return is baaaaack!!

Yes, that’s right!!  The rights to Point of No Return have been returned to me! I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am about that! It was my first ever submitted book, way back in 2011 (subbed in 2011, published in 2012) and what a roller coaster this poor book has had! It’s had two publishers (the first being Silver – no more needs to be said on that matter LOL) and it’s short lifespan, this new edition will be its FOURTH cover.

No wonder people are confused, right??

Just so we’re clear, this new edition has been re-edited and has a bright and shiny new cover, but there’s no additional content. The story hasn’t changed.

It will have an introductory price of $2.99 for a week before it goes up to the permanent price of $3.99.

I’m waiting on Amazon to approve it (I’m expecting delays because of the proof of ownership/copyright, so stay tuned!)

I simply LOVE the new covers for this series. They’re really getting back to the original cover art design, which was utterly perfect. Reese Dante did an outstanding job recapturing the original. I just love Matt and Kira (and Sal and Yumi) and I’m so thrilled to have this book back!


In other news, Yanni’s Story is now with some pre-readers and I’ll be sending it to my editor asap. The first draft came in at 119K words! I have shown the cover in my private Facebook readers’ group, but I’ll be showing it off to the world soon, I promise!

I’d like to pick a release date for late August, though it will depend totally on edits. I could very well be crying in my coffee until September… 😉


Personal update on me – I seem to be managing my Chronic Fatigue okay. Though this week, after travelling away and being busy with my son’s tennis from 6am until 9pm every day, I have contracted some god-awful chest infection. I’m on antibiotics and a few other types of medications, but it has wiped me. I’m exhausted. My kids also have this week off school, which does mean that they’ll be home every day in my workspace, but it also means I can sleep in! YAY!  🙂

Now, the biggest question is… which story to start next? Decisions, decisions… Normally I have impatient characters who are yelling at me for their story, but they’ve all gone quiet. Maybe they’re kindly waiting for me to feel better, or waiting until I’ve finished my taxes *lol/sob*   I have ten thousand ideas in my plot-bunny folder, but no disgruntled characters in my head, demanding to be written. It’s kind of a toss-up between three ideas – one crime novella trilogy, one fluffy surfer/lifesaver stand alone, or a hugely plotty paranormal that I love the idea of, but after writing Yannis’ 119k in 8 weeks, I think I need something easy… It will all come down to which guys want their story first. As I’ve always said, I don’t get to choose – I’m just the typist. 😉

Until next week! ❤

 

Good Morning Monday! I Hit A Writing Milestone This Week!

This week I crossed a professional milestone! Up until now, the longest book I’ve written is Starting Point at 92K words. But my current WIP, Yanni’s Story, has breezed past that and is currently at 106K!!  There’s probably another 12K to go, maybe more.

Yanni’s Story is written in three sections called Acts. Given he’s studying acting, I thought it was appropriate LOL. Each Act shows Yanni’s growth and recovery from being in an abusive relationship. I’ll share more of this when the first draft is done.

And I could split Yanni’s Story (yes, that’s the name of the book) into three separate books, and it would be more in tune with the Spencer Cohen Series (which Yanni’s world is a part of) if it were three books, but truthfully, it would read better as one book. So it will stay as one book. 🙂

I’m still aiming for a release in late Aug/early Sept. Fingers crossed my editor won’t suggest massive re-writes LOL


For my Italian readers, Cuore di Terra Rossa 3 is out today!!  That’s Red Dirt Heart 3 to everyone else 😉

You can find it on Amazon or directly at the publisher, Triskell


A reminder that I’m taking pre-orders for signed books at GRL in October, when I’ll be in Denver, Colorado!

You can find the pre-order form HERE.


Also, a HUGE thank you to my audio listeners for making Cronin’s Key such a successful release! It spent three weeks straight at #1 on LGBT audio, so thank you!!!


Okay, so I won’t be here next week, so there won’t be an update. I’ll be away with my son’s tennis but also for a bit of a family vacation as well. I’m going to try like crazy to have Yanni’s Story’s first draft done so I can have some down time.  I’ve written 65K words in the last month, so my hands (and brain) would probably appreciate the break 😉

Have a fabulous week!  Until then…  ❤

Good Morning Monday! It’s Four Months to GRL!!

Good morning!!  Yes, it’s only four months to GRL!!  I’m so excited to see everyone again and to meet new friends. A little freaked out about travelling to the US alone, but I’m sure it’ll be fine. I travelled from the US back to Australia by myself without a hitch, so I’m sure it’ll be fine! I leave home at 5:30am, fly to Sydney, then to LAX, for a grand total of 20 hours travelling time! Ugh, I’m sure it will be as sucky as it sounds LOL


SIGNED PAPERBACKS AT GRL

As Colorado has sticky selling/trading regulations, especially for non-US residents, I won’t be selling any books at GRL. However, If anyone attending GRL this year in Denver would like signed paperbacks, you have two options: You can bring your own copies and I will happily sign them, or you can pre-order them using my pre-order form (like last year). To ensure no money changes hands in the US, all purchases and financial transactions are to be taken place beforehand, and I will then have your signed books for collection at GRL.

You can find the pre-order form HERE

To allow for ordering and shipping, please note the cut off period for ordering signed paperbacks from me is September 30th.


Quick writing update

My WIP, Yanni’s Story, is now at 86K words. I’m thinking there might be about 20-30K to go, so yes, it will definitely be my longest story. My longest book to date is 92K so this will easy pass that. 🙂

I’m aiming for a late Aug/early Sept release date, all things going well. That is subject to change, but I’ll keep everyone posted!

Not sure when I’ll do the cover reveal. I may wait until I’ve finished the first draft and have some feedback from my beta readers. I don’t want to release the cover with an actual release date if I need to do major rewrites. Fingers crossed that won’t happen LOL


I’m still working on getting that free story posted, so stay tuned on that. I haven’t forgotten, I promise. I’m just trying to work out the best way to post it so it’s reader friendly. There should be approx. daily (very short) chapter updates every day for a month, which should be fun!

That’s it for today! I hope everyone has a fabulous week! Until then…

 

Good Morning Monday! 2017 is half over already?

I cannot believe how fast this year is going! It feels like I’m doing these Monday posts every second day! 😉

So, what’s been happening this week? Doctor appointments, kids’ sport (oh, and school lol) and writing! I somehow managed to write 12K this week!

A quick WIP update is that Yanni’s Story is now at 62k words and I’m very pleased to announce that Yanni and Peter have kissed! Once! LOL  I’m truly thinking this will be a 90k-100k story. My longest story ever is 92k and I do think this will exceed that. 🙂

I might even share the cover soon! I’m hesitant to share it in case I jinx myself LOL. I’d hate to share it, have people get excited, then to get writer’s block or something… but I really love the cover and can’t wait to share it!


Paperback news!

I got creative with some paperbacks and want to explain a few things…

Red Dirt Heart Imago is only 18k words long, so to beef it up for paperback, I added the Red Dirt Christmas story as a bonus to the back.

But, because I love the Red Dirt Christmas cover so much, and a lot of readers told me they do too, I decided to put it in paperback with Red Dirt Heart Imago as the bonus story at the back.

Excuse the terrible photography LOL but I hope the pics make it clear as what you can expect in each book. Both books have 138 pages and should retail for $7USD. They have been approved through Createspace and should be available at Amazon very soon!  I was hoping to have the link for this post, but it wasn’t to be. I will update asap!


Audio news!

I’m thrilled to say Cronin’s Key has been sitting at #1 in the LGBT Audio spot for a week!!!

Joel’s narration is incredible, and the reviews have reflected this! I’m so excited to announce that he has just started on Cronin’s Key II 🙂

I’ve never considered audio when writing, and I’d have loved to be a fly on the wall when I told Joel he had a dozen different accents to master LOL But he nailed each and every one!  I can’t wait to see what he does with CKII.  And Red Dirt Heart 3 soon after!


That’s it for this week! I won’t be posting next week as I’ll be away. Be safe, be kind.  ❤

It’s Good Morning Monday time again!

Another quick one from me today! I was out most of the weekend and have been either super busy, or feeling like that damn bus mowed me down again. I know, these two things are related LOL. I feel like crap because I’m busy. I know I should take it easy, and I have been, but I need to slow down a bit more. I will have this coming weekend at home, which is nice, but then I’m away for the next two. Which is not nice. Well, it’s nice, but it’s busy! I have busy kids – which means I’m a busy mum. Argh! Such a vicious circle. 😉

I managed some writing last week, which is the best feeling ever. Yanni’s Story is now at 48K, and maybe it’s half done, I’m not sure. I’m estimating maybe an August/Sept release, but in all honesty, I have no clue. Oh, the joys of self-publishing! LOL

Yanni and Peter still haven’t even kissed yet! Boy, do they still have a long way to go… 😉


Cronin’s Key was released on Audio last week, and the reviews have been AWESOME! I listened to it and Joel did a FAB job! I especially love how he portrayed Eiji 🙂

You can find it at the following outlets:

Audible

iTunes

Tantor


I will have news later this week on the paperback on Red Dirt Heart Imago and Red Dirt Christmas! Stay tuned!

Until then… ❤

Good Morning Monday! News and Whatnot!

Another week, and yes, these Mondays just keep coming! This is going to be a super quick post – a flyby really.


This week has been pretty good on the writing front. My WIP is now at 37K words, though I’m thinking it might end up over 80K long, so I have much to do still.

Yanni is a young man that has been through a lot, and he needs to go through certain steps before he can get his HEA. Luckily for him, Peter is very patient 😉


I will have a new paperback order form for anyone wanting signed books at GRL in Denver in October. I’m just waiting on a proof copy of a certain book from Createspace before I put it on any official list. I have put the Red Dirt Heart Imago crossover book into paperback, with the RDH Christmas book at the back as a bonus book (to beef it up a bit – the price is still the minimum Createspace will allow, but it just makes it more value for the reader) So I’ve done the reverse with a separate paperback – RDH Christmas story and cover, with the crossover at the back as a bonus story. That way, fans of the series who LOVE the covers will have a chance to get both. 🙂  I want to post pics and show people (for clarity) before I add them to my paperback list though. I was hoping to have the second proof book last week, but alas, it never arrived. I might have to contact Createspace if it doesn’t arrive soon!


In some exciting news, I have an 8,000 word drabble story (a story written in 100 word chapters, kinda like haiku but not) and I’ll be adding it to my free-reads. First, it will upload on my blog daily, two chapters at a time, until it’s complete. Not sure when it will start, but soon! In the next few weeks…  There is also a sequel, approx 10,000 words, which will follow 🙂

Also, the French translation of Cronin’s Key III should be out soon! And the French translation of Red Dirt Heart 3 should be out next month as well!

Told you it was going to be a quick one!  Until next week!  ❤

Good Morning Monday ~ Mother’s Day Edition and a Cover Reveal!

Technically it’s Monday here in Australia, but for the majority of the world it’s still Sunday – so Happy Mother’s Day! To all those who are celebrating, I hope you have a fab day.

So, how did I spend my Mother’s Day?  Well, I was up at 6am to get my son to a day-long tennis tournament. Yes, some idiot schedules tournaments on Mother’s Day. So, instead of getting a sleep-in, I was courtside, freezing to death, with a bunch of other parents (who are, let’s be honest here, mostly the mums). On the bright side, there was takeout for dinner, which is always a win! 🙂

Last week I actually tried and did manage to get some writing done. YAY ME!!!  But I also had two friends tell me that I looked awful – which was good in a weird way because they were validating what is essentially an invisible illness. I mean, I feel like shit so I guess it’s only right that I look it. LOL  But no one really likes to hear that they look like crap – and these were days that I actually thought I was doing okay. *sigh*  Anyway, a quick update for those who may not know… I have recently been given a diagnosis of why I feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. It’s called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Just in case you missed my last few posts.


Anywhooooooo, enough of the misery-me and back to the writing part… Yes, I did the words last week. Not many, but words nonetheless!  Yanni’s Story is now at 27K words and is probably one third done. I know, right? It’s gonna be a long one! Part of me worries that the beginning is too drawn out, but Yanni has been through a lot and is dealing with the ramifications of having who he is, his innocence, and his self-worth, ripped away from him.

So I can’t rush this. And if you’ve read The Spencer Cohen Series, you know Yanni was in an abusive relationship. Anyone who has dealt with domestic violence knows this is not something you can just ‘get over’ because someone wants to get to the fluffy part of the book. There’s a process of healing I need to respect here.

I’ve said it many times, my characters talk to me, like they’re a real person. Just in my head. I need to respect my characters… So if that means it’s 50k words long before we even get a kiss between Yanni and Peter, then so be it. Though I’m sure most of my readers know me well enough by now to know that my books aren’t sex-focused anyway.

I don’t know why I feel like I need to justify myself LOL. I’ll just keep writing (albeit slowly) and see how it pans out.

I have the cover for Yanni’s Story, but I don’t want to reveal it just yet in case it jinxes my newly recovered word-flow.  Stay tuned though. It won’t be far away…


In other cover news… I wanted to show off my new Turning Point Series covers. The rights are being returned to me in July (Point of No Return) and October (Breaking Point) You’ve all seen the new Starting Point, as I re-released it last year. But I wanted to show the other two!

As I explained when I re-released Starting Point, now having creative control over the cover design, I wanted to get back to the very original designs done by Silver Publishing back in 2012/13. Luckily for me, the brilliant cover artist who worked on them was the lovely Reese Dante, who is still very active/prominent in the M/M community. Sooo, I asked, given the original designs were hers, if she’d like to redo them for me! And she said yes!!

So, Point of No Return will be re-edited and re-released after July 5th, and Breaking Point will be after 25th October. There won’t be new content added. I figure after their fourth ‘re-release’ in five years, it’s time to just let them be.

I can’t explain how happy I am to be getting Matt and Kira back. Like, so so so much!! And here are the GORGEOUS covers, by Reese Dante!

Aren’t they just beautiful??  🙂

Okay, so that’s enough blathering for one day. 😉 Until next week…

Good Morning Monday, and a Cronin’s Key Outtake!

Something a bit special today instead of a normal weekly update. An outtake!

Just how did Cronin know to leap into the police station the night he and Alec first met?

I was talking on Facebook with some readers and was reminded that this was a scene I’d promised but never delivered. I had always intended to write it after Book 1 came out but forgot all about it. So I wrote it yesterday! It’s amazing how easy it is to write a quick outtake when it’s been in your head for three years. It hasn’t been edited, all mistakes are mine. And there will be some, so just nod and smile and ignore the eleventy billion commas, k? lol

In Cronin’s Key, we see Alec and Cronin’s first meeting from Alec’s point of view. This is Cronin’s.

CRONIN’S KEY OUTTTAKE

FINDING HEART 

How did Cronin know to leap into the police station the night he and Alec first met?

Cronin stood at the huge glass wall overlooking New York City. He’d stood there for hours, not moving, barely breathing.

Something was wrong.

He’d leapt to London, Budapest, Amsterdam, Glasgow, all in the last few hours just to escape the unease he felt, but something kept drawing him back to New York.

He couldn’t explain it. He felt wrong in his own skin. Nervous, anxious, excited, dread, longing. Like his soul ached for something he could not define.

Through the protective glass of his penthouse apartment, he’d watched the sun draw a close to another lonely day as the insignificant humans scurried on the streets below like ants. His reflection stared back at him; wary, black eyes, his short ginger hair a perpetual mess, his dark coat with the collar upturned suited his mood.

Tonight, when darkness shrouded his city, he didn’t feel the liberation like he normally did. Unlike most other vampires, Cronin could leap to anywhere in the world at any time he chose. He was rarely impeded by sunlight because he could simply chase night around the globe. Still, he lived by moonlight and normally he reveled in it.

But not tonight.

Something was wrong. There had been rumors of an unsettling of the Egyptian covens, and that was indeed cause for concern. But this was different. The agitation he felt in his bones was personal.

He didn’t need to feed. He taken care of that in Budapest, and Amsterdam. Overfed, probably. But it didn’t quell the discomfort. It didn’t feel like anything would. In all his days, over a thousand years, he’d never felt like this before.

Cronin took a deep breath through his nose and tried to center himself. Focus eluded him, the ability to find calm and patience was born from a long life, but tonight restlessness settled over him like a cold blanket.

He stretched his neck to each side and let out a frustrated sigh. He thought of Eiji and Jodis, his two closest friends, and for a brief moment he considered leaping to where they were. Their presence alone was always a source of comfort. But what could he say? How could he explain how he felt when he himself did not know? He could roar and pull at his hair to relieve some of the pent up rage. Jodis would be concerned, and Eiji would probably laugh. But what would it accomplish?

No, he would not concern them with this. He’d spent long enough alone to know that all things come to pass. Though something in the back of his mind told him this would not go away until he found the source.

Annoyed with himself, he took out his phone and sent Eiji a quick text. Everything okay where you are?

His reply was immediate. Yes of course, brother. Why do you ask?

Cronin didn’t reply, and a minute later another text arrived with a more urgent tone. Cronin?

He shook his head at himself and regretted texting at all. Letting out an angry snarl, he roared at the empty apartment. Then with no more than a thought, he was gone.

* * *

The nightclub Cronin found himself at was in the meatpacking district, owned and regularly frequented by vampires. The humans who stumbled in didn’t know that of course, and they never could. Vampires didn’t drink alcohol but the atmosphere and the music was a sense of normalcy to otherwise endless days. Mingling with an unsuspecting human menu didn’t hurt either.

Cronin wasn’t in the mood. He leapt to the alley behind the building and stalked around to the front. It was after two in the morning and the place was thumping. The front doors were opened for him, both doormen bowed their heads. The other vampires in the nightclub all noticed him immediately and parted in an almost imperceptible path. The humans were blissfully ignorant to his presence, but with his vampire hearing Cronin heard his name in hushed whispers. He was, after all, a coven leader. He was their leader.

Fury rolled off him in waves.

Unexplainable, all-encompassing. This feeling was consuming him.

The owner of the nightclub was quickly in front of him, head slightly bowed. Gregory was a century-old vampire from Belfast. “Cronin, may I be of assistance?”

Cronin almost laughed. Instead, he shook his head. “Has there been any developments to the rumors with the Egyptians?”

Gregory flinched and gave a small nod. “Just tonight, there were rumors of rogue seekers.”

Cronin’s nostrils flared. “And no one thought to notify us?”

Gregory looked apologetic, and for all intents and purposes, innocent. “They are but rumors, Cronin. If I thought for one moment―”

“What was said?”

Gregory looked around the crowd and nodded toward the end of the bar. Not that it mattered because all vampires in the room could hear their conversation, even over the music and noise of the crowd.

“All I heard was someone thought they saw seekers. Not of this coven. Not American. That’s all I know.”

“Don’t know what they’re after?”

Gregory shook his head. “No.”

The ache in Cronin’s chest squeezed tighter, the agitation made his hands shake.

Gregory frowned but eyed Cronin warily. “It’s not the first time we’ve had foreign seekers in New York. What’s wrong, Cronin?”

I don’t know. But something was very, very wrong. No, not wrong… misaligned.

Before Cronin could question what warranted his word choice, two vampires walked into the bar unaware of Cronin’s presence. One was excitedly telling a story, “… no, it was a cop! Can you believe that? A cop chased down a fucking seeker!”

Both Cronin and Gregory turned to face them and a hush fell over the vampires in the room. Something snapped in Cronin. Something else he couldn’t explain, but something in his blood was making him crazy. He was getting close to the source, he knew he was. He could feel it.

He crossed the room in a flash and took the vampire by the throat and pinned him to the wall. The vampire tried to resist, until he saw who had hold of him.

Cronin’s voice was fire and wrath. “What did you just say?”

If it were possible for vampires to piss themselves, this one surely would have. He was young, experience curtailed by arrogance. His eyes were wide and everyone in the room was watching. “Word is a cop chased down a seeker.”

“Where?”

“Dunno. But the cop’s from the thirty-third. A detective. His name was Alec something. That’s all I know.”

Alec something.

Alec.

And suddenly everything slotted into place. The pieces of the puzzle made sense.

Cronin let the vampire slide down the wall. He scrambled to his feet and put some distance between himself and Cronin, but never turned his back on his leader. Out of fear or respect, Cronin didn’t care. He took out his phone and hit Eiji’s number.

“Cronin?”

“I need you.”

“We’re already on our way. Your text concerned us, brother. Please, tell me what’s wrong.”

“I’ll explain everything. Right now, I have to go.” Cronin ended the call and took a breath to calm his nerves. He had a name, and a location. And he knew, like he knew his own name, that he had to find this Alec.

Like the earth orbited the sun. Like a river ran to the sea. It was unchangeable.

Fate.

Cronin put his hand to his chest. My heart. His heart ached with longing, and he knew. He just knew.

Like he was carving the directions into stone, Cronin thought of the police department’s thirty-third precinct. With a sigh that sounded like coming home, he closed his eyes and leapt.

* * *

Apparently police didn’t like an uninvited man appearing in their offices. But the moment Cronin landed, he saw him and he did not care for anything else in that moment but Alec. He was making his way out of an office at the far end of the long room. A dozen men stood and yelled. Yet all Cronin could see was him.

He’d waited a thousand years for this. His fated one. His mate, stood staring right back at him. Something clicked into place in his soul, something incomplete was now whole. An eternal flame sparked in his chest, setting his heart afire. My heart, he thought over and over. Cronin could not believe his eyes. This beautiful man, this very human man, was here at last. “It is you. Finally.”

Oblivious to the policemen who aimed their guns at him – they were insignificant, soundless, and the world moved in slow motion – Cronin could only stare at Alec and smile as they moved toward each other. “Will you come with me?”

Alec’s answer was immediate. Perfect. “Yes.”

“Put your arms around me and hold on.”

Alec did as he was told, and his touch almost brought Cronin to his knees. It was a quickening: a visceral connecting of two souls. He was forever changed from this moment forth. Against all odds, he had found the missing piece of himself.

M’cridhe.

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